MAMC – International/Intercultural Communication Specialization
The field of international communication encompasses the study of international journalism (both print and broadcast) and international business and marketing communication. The field of intercultural communication focuses on the interactions between people of different cultures, values and histories.
Through their study, students learn to appreciate and engage diverse cultures and media, gaining the knowledge and skills you need to thrive in today’s challenging global community.
The international/intercultural track in mass communication culminates with the student writing a thesis on an international/intercultural topic in communication, applying one or more of the methods used in communication research.
As part of the requirements for the degree, students acquire skills in intercultural communication, and knowledge of a specific culture or region of the world. Students are required to demonstrate proficiency in at least one language besides English, and to complete an internship.
Recipients of the degree find work in U.S. and international media organizations (print, broadcast, and online), multinational corporations, international consulting companies, or the public sector including international agencies and non-governmental organizations, the U.S. State Department, state and local government, and non-profit organizations. Graduates may also elect to continue pursuing higher degrees in graduate or professional schools.
This program admits students for Fall and Spring semesters.
For admissions information and application materials, contact Sarah G. Lee.
For more information on the program, please contact Dr. Michael Leslie.
Mass Communication Theory
This course includes a survey of some core journalism-focused mass media theories and examines contributions of other disciplines to media theory. Additionally, it includes an introduction to the fundamentals of academic research.
Research Methods in Mass Communication
This course provides an overview of common mass communication research methods. Specifically, we will discuss content analysis, experiments, surveys and focus groups. You will learn the benefits and shortcomings for each method. In addition, you will also be introduced to SPSS, a software program used to analyze data.
The course is centered on the analysis and discussion of issues and challenges in international communication. By participating in the course, students become more informed about the institutions and practices that structure the form and content global communications. Students demonstrate their mastery of international issues, institutions and networks of international communication, through written reports, oral presentations, discussions, and a final paper or project.
Success in the new global business environment requires executives, managers and staff who are knowledgeable about cultural differences and who know how to communicate effectively in increasingly diverse local, regional , national and global markets. This course sensitizes students to various factors which influence intercultural communication effectiveness. It equips them for success in the multicultural and global workplace of the 21st century. Students demonstrate their mastery of the subject through written reports, oral presentations, discussions, exercises and a final paper or project.
International Public Relations
Public relations is practiced by all types of private, public, non-for-profit, activist, and non-governmental organizations and institutions that progressively engage in building and maintaining relationships with stakeholders in many locations worldwide. This graduate seminar includes content and discussions on global issues affecting the public relations profession, the professional, the specialized practices, and the engagement of stakeholders, simultaneously at home, host, and transnational levels. For instance, the course includes an evaluation of the various factors that determine the profession’s evolution and practice in different countries. Also, this course aims to introduce and analyze the main concerns affecting the management of the public relations function, such as transnational crises; coordination and control mechanisms (i.e., integration and localization efforts); professionalism levels; trends; and the practitioners’ social roles, responsibilities, and competences. Despite the emphasis on the global, the readings and debates of this course clearly address the subjects of diversity and multiculturalism, which are also relevant for the practice and study of public relations in complex national and regional environments.
Race, Class, Gender and Media
Our perceptions of race, gender and class profoundly affect our aspirations, relationships and behaviors. The purpose of this course is to examine the relationship between media representations and institutional, economic, political and social structures, and the impact these have on our experience and praxis of race, gender and class, in both U.S. and international contexts. The course introduces students to various analytical approaches to understanding the intersections of race, gender, class and media, and enhances their ability to do intelligent media and social criticism, thus becoming more competent practitioners of mass communication in multicultural/multiracial societies. Students demonstrate their mastery of the subject through written reports, oral presentations, discussions, and a final paper or project.
The program regularly offers electives such as Legal Problems of Mass Communication; Content Analysis Methods; Survey of Political Communication and Seminar in First Amendment Theory. Examples of other elective courses in the College include: Qualitative Research; Science and Health Communication and Survey of Electronic Publishing and History of Journalism. Many other electives are offered. Please check ISIS and work with your advisor to select appropriate options.
- Domestic application deadline is April 1. Applications may be considered after the April 1 deadline for domestic applicants only, if space is available.
- International application deadline is January 30.
- Assistantship/Fellowship applications deadline are March 15 (each begins in Fall semester, good for one year).
- Domestic application deadline is September 15.
- International application deadline is July 15.
Minimum Requirements for Acceptance
- Applicants must have a baccalaureate degree
- 2 years of relevant professional communications experience
- An undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or better
The Graduate School, University of Florida, requires both a minimum grade average of 3.0 for all upper-division undergraduate work and a minimum verbal-quantitative total score on the General Test of the Graduate Record Examination. Applicants are expected to have received a minimum grade average of 3.0 for all core courses within the Journalism and Mass Communications area and their area of special interest.
Admission is determined by several factors beyond the application material including space availability, and supervisory availability particularly in specialized areas. Meeting the minimum application requirements does not guarantee acceptance.
Direct admission to the Graduate School is dependent upon presentation of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university. Two copies of the official undergraduate transcript should accompany all applications—one for the department and one for the Registrar. These transcripts must be received directly from the registrar of the institution in which the work was done. Official supplementary transcripts are required as soon as they are available for any work completed after application for admission has been made.
Professional and respectful treatment of our admissions and other staff members, faculty and administrators is required. Unprofessional or disrespectful treatment will result in denial of admission.
Test Score Requirements
Scores prior to August 2011
550 Verbal/550 Quantitative
Scores after August 2011
156 Verbal/146 Quantitative
GRE scores are valid for five years. Exceptions are considered based on entire packet of application materials. Some applications with scores slightly below the minimum will be considered.
TOEFL and IELTS scores are valid for two years.
The GRE codes are 5812 for the University of Florida and 4503 for the College of Journalism and Communications. The TOEFL code is 83.
To obtain information on the GRE or to request that official scores be sent to the university, write:
Educational Testing Service
Princeton, NJ 08541-6004
How to Apply
It is the applicant’s responsibility to provide complete documentation to the Office of Admissions AND the intended department. Failure to submit forms to the correct offices will delay application processing.
University of Florida
Office of Admissions
201 Criser Hall
PO Box 114000
Div. of Graduate Studies
College of Journalism and Communications
University of Florida
2013 Weimer Hall
P. O. Box 118400
Gainesville, FL 32611-8400
- Graduate Application: Online Submission - When submitting application online, notify Sarah G. Lee at email@example.com so she can be looking for it. You must submit contact information for references during online application process. References will be automatically contacted and letters of recommendation will be requested by the Graduate Admissions Office. In the specialization field, please list International/Intercultural Communication.
- Letters of Recommendation: Three Letters of Recommendation – University forms are required (Download form). Written letters should be on letterhead and attached to the forms. The same letters of recommendation may be used for both admission and financial aid applications. Ask authors of your letters of recommendation to send them directly to Address #2 or send as a pdf file to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you submitted your recommenders’ e-mail addresses on the online application, they do not have to send hardcopies.
- Statement of Goals: You will need to submit your statement of goals during the online application process. Describe your career plans following completion of your master’s degree. Tell what experiences have led to your goals and how you think graduate study will help you prepare for the career. Minimum length is 300 words. Please do not center text. Title this document “Statement of Goals” and be sure to include your name and date. Send to Address #2. or send as a pdf file to email@example.com. If you submitted your statement of goals on the online application, you do not have to send a hardcopy.
- Supplemental Application for College of Journalism: (Download form): Send to Address #2.
- $30.00 Application Fee: Make Check or money order payable to the University of Florida. Send your application fee to Address #1. Please used Fee Payment Cover Memo (Download form) if paying by check or money order.
- Official Transcripts from ALL post-secondary institutions: Contact all colleges and universities you have attended and listed on your application form and have them send certified official transcripts in your original language as well as translated into English. An average grade of “B” for the last two years of undergraduate studies is required. Send one original to Address #1 and one original to Address #2.
- Official GRE (Graduate Record Exam) Scores: Contact the Educational Testing Service and have them send your official report. A verbal score of 550/156 and a quantitative score of at least 550/146 are strongly preferred. Some applications with scores slightly below the minimum will be considered. Applications with GRE verbal scores below 400/140 will not be processed. Self-reported scores are accepted temporarily to help speed up processing. GRE scores are valid for five years. Send to Address #1.
- Resume: List all work positions held. Include names, addresses, and telephone numbers of supervisors. Also, remember to include your name, email address, mailing address, and telephone number(s). Send to Address #2. or as a pdf file to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you submitted your resume on the online application, you do not have to send a hardcopy.
- Application for Graduate Assistantship: This is optional. This is only for those applicants seeking financial assistance (Download form). Send to Address #2.
- Samples of Your Work: This is optional. Send to Address #2.
International Applicants Only
- Official TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score report: Contact the Educational Testing Service and have them send your official report. A score of at least 550 (paper-based), and 80 (internet-based) is required to be considered for admission. We also accept IELTS scores with minimum of “6.” This requirement applies only to applicants from countries in which English is not the official language and includes U.S. territories and protectorates where English is not the primary language. You will not be required to submit a TOEFL score if you have spent at least one academic year at a college or university in a country where English is the official language. Intensive English language programs are excluded from the year of study provision. TOEFL and IELTS scores are valid for two years. Send originals to Address #1.
- Certification of Financial Responsibility: All admitted International students who have accepted our admissions offer, are required to submit this form. The International Student Services Office will send you the form via email with instructions. Without it, the University of Florida will not issue an I-20 (Certificate of Eligibility). (Do not send CFR form and bank documents to our office. The International Student Services office will contact you via email with instructions.)
- English proficiency for Graduate Assistantships: To be considered for a graduate assistantship, a score of 28 or higher on the TOEFL iBT speaking portion is required for those applicants from countries or territories where English is not the official language. Florida law requires a demonstration of oral proficiency in English before students are allowed to teach. An equivalent score of 55 or higher on UF’s SPEAK test can be used as a substitution; however, IELTS scores cannot be used as a substitution for this requirement.
Contact Sarah G. Lee at email@example.com or 352-392-6557 if you have any questions regarding your application.